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  • Sara Moniz

Iceland just got warmer

On Monday, the 10th, just before 5pm, the Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted for the third time in southern Iceland, on the Reykjanes peninsula. The phenomenon comes after days of seismic activity, with thousands of quakes being recorded less than 40 kilometres from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik.

Meteorologists consider it unlikely that populations will be affected as the volcanic system at Reykjanes is spewing lava without ash, which is considered a fissural-type eruption. In fact, flights at Keflavik International Airport have not been cancelled and are proceeding normally.

The volcano had been dormant for 800 years and woke up in March 2021 with an eruption that lasted for six months. The second eruption began in August 2022 and lasted only three weeks. This one has opened a fissure that reaches 900 meters in length and is more powerful than the previous ones. However, none were considered dangerous to the population.

Iceland currently has 32 active volcanic systems and, on average, eruptions occur every four years.

The phenomenon on the Litli-Hrutur mountain in Reykjanes can be followed live on YouTube and the site is accessible to visitors. A walking tour to the volcano is a great way to see the show from up close, but it's a long hike (about 20 km) and considered challenging due to the rocky terrain. You can also see the spectacle from a panoramic view on a helicopter tour. Talk to us to find the one that suits you best.

Photograph of the volcano's first eruption in March 2021.


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